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Shell Chemical East (26336), Norco

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #145744
PDF AvailablePDF
State Police #13-00094
Accident Date2013-01-07
Report Date 2013-01-10
Follow-up Date 2013-02-20
Follow-up: Yes

Pollutants Released

Pollutant Duration Point Source Greenhouse Gas Criteria Pollutant Ozone forming chemical Amount of Release
Ethylene10H 41MGO-1 Elevated Flare (EPN 1-90)NONOYESBRQ
Hydrogen Sulfide10H 41MGO-1 Elevated Flare (EPN 1-90)NONONOBRQ
Propylene10H 41MGO-1 Elevated Flare (EPN 1-90)NONOYESBRQ
Sulfur Dioxide10H 41MGO-1 Elevated Flare (EPN 1-90)NOYESNOBRQ

Accident Classified As: Below Reportable Quantity (BRQ)

Cause of Problem: Process Upset

Shell Chemical's GO-1 Process Unit flared at the GO-1 Elevated Flare as a result of an unexpected unit upset in GO-1 caused by the receiving of off specification feed from a supplier.

Discharge Preventable - No Information Given

Notes/Remedial Actions

GO-1 operations took the necessary steps to minimize flaring and safely return the units to normal operating conditions and the flaring stopped. No reportable quantities were exceeded.